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Thursday, 05 February 2015 22:43

Centrify deployment overcomes password, security problems


Melbourne car dealership Essendon Volkswagen says it has improved productivity, security and staff satisfaction since deploying User Suite from unified identity management provider Centrify late last year.  

Employees at Essendon Volkswagen, located north west of the Melbourne CBD, were experiencing numerous problems because of the large number of secure websites they had to access each day to do their jobs. Websites were located both on the Internet and the Volkswagen intranet.

As a result, most employees required 10-20 passwords while some had as many as 40 -  remembering robust and regularly updated passwords was virtually impossible, so employees resorted to the insecure practices of using the same passwords on multiple sites or writing down passwords near their computer.

In October last year Essendon Volkswagen’s long-term technology partner Network Professional Services recommended Centrify User Suite to solve the problems of password sprawl and insecurity.

Since Centrify was deployed at Essendon Volkswagen, the company’s employees have needed to remember just one personal password. This means they no longer need to use, remember or even know the passwords to the Volkswagen-related websites themselves because Centrify ‘remembers’ them all.

Essendon Volkswagen financial controller Les Hogan said Centrify had made a huge difference. “Thanks to Centrify, one password now gives our employees easy access to all the websites they need to do their jobs, which makes them happier and more productive and improves our security.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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